Monthly Archives: December 2013

sots & thralls

In my recent work, a self portrait of mixed textile media, titled LOL, SMR RAIN, I quoted the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, Just indeed thou art. Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum; verumtamen justa loquar ad te: Quare via … Continue reading

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as lovers often do

This has recently come to light, as one of the last works by Van Gogh. Until now it has been in a private collection. It deserves praise alongside the better known late works, such as the crows in the cornfield, … Continue reading

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creativity as therapy

Currently, Australia is running a massive Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse. The equivalent event in Ireland ran for a decade; I hope positive things result from the Australian hearings & deliberations. The monster who meddled with my two brothers … Continue reading

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women as individuals

It seems to be self-generated wisdom that women wear clothes for their own enjoyment; it’s a self defining experience. In my family, the women [my sister and her daughters] are able to view my homosexuality sympathetically, non threateningly. It’s not … Continue reading

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creativity

My niece works in mental health, she is also the last part of my family to retain the catholicism we were born into; tho, her mum is a catholic that I suspect most of the long suffering laity have been … Continue reading

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the role of the people in art

When the New Zealand parliament passed the bill allowing same sex marriage, the people stood in the gallery and sang its appreciation, its involvement. As a Maori song, undoubtedly, it has ethno-specific ritual meanings. However, it demonstrated the will of … Continue reading

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porous sovereignty

For the second time Scott Morrison’s Border Sovereignty Campaign has been breached: firstly, a boat reached Darwin; now, this week a boat has landed on an uninhabited beach of Christmas Island. Their diet is based on crabs, coconuts and water. … Continue reading

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